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Deval Patrick calls affirmative action ruling troubling

Latest from the Boston Herald - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 00:32

BOSTON - Gov. Deval Patrick called the Supreme Court's ruling allowing voters to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions "very troubling" Wednesday and said his administration is looking to see whether there are any implications for Massachusetts.

In their ruling, the court voted 6-2 Tuesday to uphold a voter-approved change to the Michigan Constitution that forbids the state's public colleges to take race into account in deciding which students to accept.

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Patrick calls affirmative action ruling troubling

Latest from the Boston Herald - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 00:27

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick called the Supreme Court's ruling allowing voters to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions "very troubling" Wednesday and said his administration is looking to see whether there are any implications for Massachusetts.

In their ruling, the court voted 6-2 Tuesday to uphold a voter-approved change to the Michigan Constitution that forbids the state's public colleges to take race into account in deciding which students to accept.

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Material on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet

Latest from the Boston Herald - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 00:23

CANBERRA, Australia — Australian officials said Thursday that after examining detailed photographs of unidentified material that washed ashore in the southwestern part of the country they are satisfied it is not a clue in the search for the missing Malaysian plane.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has advised search coordinators that the material, which washed ashore 10 kilometers (6 miles) east of Augusta in Western Australia, is not from missing Flight 370, according to a statement from the Joint Agency Coordination Centre.

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Potential for heart attack, stroke risk seen with marijuana use

Latest from the Boston Herald - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 00:11

Over a five-year period, a government-mandated tracking system in France showed that physicians in that country treated 1,979 patients for serious health problems associated with the use of marijuana, and nearly 2 percent of those encounters were with patients suffering from cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, cardiac arrhythmia and stroke, and circulation problems in the arms and legs. In roughly a quarter of those cases, the study found, the patient died.

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Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks

Latest from the Boston Herald - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 23:57

BEIRUT — Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side.

Syria flatly denied the allegations, and they have yet to be confirmed by any foreign country or international organization. But if true, they highlight the limitations of the global effort to rid President Bashar Assad's government of its chemical weapons.

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Fewer Massachusetts homeless families in hotels

Latest from the Boston Herald - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 23:48

BOSTON — Massachusetts housing officials say the number of homeless families living in motels is beginning to decline.

Massachusetts Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development Aaron Gornstein said Wednesday that the number has dropped by about 20 percent since a peak in December where there were about 2,000 families finding temporary housing in dozens of hotels and motels — with approximately an equal number in family shelters.

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Drug company objects to new Massachusetts rules

Latest from the Boston Herald - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 23:44

BOSTON — A San Diego company that makes the new prescription painkiller Zohydro says it is disappointed with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's decision to impose new restrictions on the drug after a federal judge said his attempt to ban it outright was unconstitutional.

The new requirements, announced by Patrick on Tuesday, include the doctor's completion of a risk assessment and a "pain management treatment agreement" with the patient before prescribing drugs like Zohydro.

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Gacy probe helps solve unrelated Chicago-area case

Latest from the Boston Herald - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 22:40

MAYWOOD, Ill. — Ruth Rodriguez didn't want to believe her brother was one of more than 30 young men and boys John Wayne Gacy lured into his Chicago-area house and strangled, but she was willing to provide her DNA to find out.

She and her father gave authorities samples as part of an effort to identify eight of Gacy's victims more than two years ago and learned none of the remains were those of her sibling, 22-year-old Edward Beaudion who went missing in 1978.

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Camilla's brother dies in US after head injury

Latest from the Boston Herald - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 22:38

NEW YORK — The brother-in-law of the Prince of Wales died Wednesday after falling outside a hotel bar and suffering a head injury, police said.

Mark Shand, the brother of Prince Charles' wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was in New York for a charity auction at Sotheby's.

Shand, 62, had arrived at the Gramercy Park Hotel's Rose Bar just before 1 a.m. Wednesday accompanied by a relative, police said. He went out to smoke a cigarette around 2:30 a.m. and fell backward as he tried to re-enter through a revolving door, they said.

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Facebook 1Q results soar; CFO to step down

Latest from the Boston Herald - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 22:34

NEW YORK — Facebook's earnings nearly tripled and revenue grew sharply in the first quarter, surpassing Wall Street's expectations thanks to an 82 percent increase in advertising revenue.

It was the fourth quarter in a row that Facebook beat forecasts as it continues to barrel ahead in mobile advertising at a time when nearly 80 percent of its users are accessing it on smartphones and other portable gadgets.

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Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law

Latest from the Boston Herald - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 22:22

ELLIJAY, Ga. — Criticized by one group as the "guns everywhere" bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances.

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Amid Russia warning, Ukraine is in a security bind

Latest from the Boston Herald - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 22:21

DONETSK, Ukraine — Russia's foreign minister warned Wednesday that attacks on Russian citizens or interests in Ukraine would bring a firm response and drew a comparison to the circumstances that opened the war with Georgia in 2008.

"Russian citizens being attacked is an attack against the Russian Federation," Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, a day after Ukraine announced it was re-launching a campaign against pro-Kremlin insurgents occupying government facilities in the mostly Russian-speaking east.

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Canada to end tankers linked to Quebec explosion

Latest from the Boston Herald - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 21:46

TORONTO — Canada said Wednesday it was phasing out the type of rail tankers involved in last summer's massive explosion of a runaway oil train that incinerated much of a town in Quebec, killing 47 people and prompting intense public pressure to make oil trains safer.

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High court nixes $3.4M award to child porn victim

Latest from the Boston Herald - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 21:37

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices said Congress should change the law to benefit victims.

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Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

Latest from the Boston Herald - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 21:31

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — An Army private convicted of providing classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday toward living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

The decision clears the way for official changes to Manning's military records, but does not compel the military to treat the soldier previously known as Bradley Edward Manning as a woman.

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Oldest living ex-MLB player dies in Cuba at 102

Latest from the Boston Herald - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 21:30

HAVANA — Conrado Marrero, the diminutive Cuban right-hander who pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s and in 2011 became the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, died in Havana on Wednesday. He was 102, just two days short of his 103rd birthday.

Marrero's grandson said he died in the early afternoon.

"He woke up in the morning and it was like he wasn't there. He wasn't reacting," Rogelio Marrero told The Associated Press.

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James Holmes' attorneys appeal sanity exam order

Latest from the Boston Herald - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 21:03

DENVER — Attorneys for Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes are asking the state's Supreme Court to overturn a judge's order requiring a second sanity evaluation.

In court filings released Wednesday, defense lawyers asked for 30 days to file the appeal, but the judge gave them until May 5, less than two weeks. The judge postponed a hearing that was scheduled to start May 5 so defense lawyers can focus on the appeal.

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Judge dismisses case against Blackwater defendant

Latest from the Boston Herald - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 20:51

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed criminal charges against a former Blackwater security guard whose actions allegedly triggered the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens at a traffic circle in Baghdad nearly seven years ago.

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth dismissed the indictment against Nicholas Slatten after a federal appeals court said the statute of limitations had lapsed before the government filed the charges against Slatten last October. The statute of limitations restricts the time in which legal proceedings may be brought.

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Meb Keflezighi on Herald Radio

Latest from the Boston Herald - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 20:45

Meb Keflezighi was on Herald Radio's "Sports Town" show this afternoon. Here's the full interview if you missed it ...

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Boogeymen and shady deals define spin for Senate

Latest from the Boston Herald - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 20:32

WASHINGTON — The fight for the Senate majority boils down to boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian — if party operatives' spin is to be believed.

For months, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been unrelenting in his criticism of Charles and David Koch, the wealthy industrialists who have backed some of the nation's most effective conservative groups. Now, Republican candidates are adjusting their plans. They're linking Democratic Senate candidates to Reid, painting the 74-year-old leader and his allies as unscrupulous politicians.

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